A round-up of our May-July events

By Fleur Clarke

Posted on May 11, 2015 in Books, Fun Stuff with tags Events and exhibitions, Helena Coggan, James Smythe, Lavie Tidhar, Sarah Lotz, Tom Harper

The sun is out, and so are a bunch of our authors – here’s a round-up of where they’ll be in the next few months. We’re afraid that all but one of these events are London-based, but if you’d like to attend vicariously make sure you’re following us on Twitter!



Tuesday 19th May, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Composting with Sandworms: The Horticulture of Dune
As part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival, The Kitschies are hosting an evening of science fiction, exobiology and not-of-this-earthworms to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Frank Herbert’s DuneAmong many other things, this evening will offer you the chance to build your very own sandworm.

WDFednesday 20th May, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Lauren Beukes and Sarah Lotz at Forbidden Planet
Lauren Beukes and Sarah Lotz will be signing copies Broken Monsters and Day Four at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore.

Friday 22nd May, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Greenwich Book Festival: Science Fiction Night

Join Sarah Lotz (Day Four),  Lavie Tidhar (A Man Lies Dreaming), Tom Harper (Zodiac Station), Justina Robson (The Glorious Angels) and Paul McAuley (Something Coming Through) as they discuss science, fiction and the legacy of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. The event will be chaired by our very own Anne Perry.

Thursday 28th May, 7:00pm
Hay Festival, Wales: Young, Gifted and Published
Helena Coggan (The Catalyst), Taran Matharu (The Summoner) and Lucy Saxon (Take Back the Skies) talk about their experience of being young and published.


Saturday 6th June, 3:00pm
Stoke Newington Literary Festival: Dystopias and Utopias
Lavie Tidhar (A Man Lies Dreaming) and Paul McAuley (Fairyland), and academics John Clute (The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction) and Farah Mendlesohn (The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction) explore the history of SF’s possible futures, debate the influence and importance of speculative fiction, and ask which way to real world is heading: into utopian heaven or dystopian hell?

Tuesday 16th June, 6:45 pm
Neil Gaiman in conversation with David Mitchell at the Union Chapel
Two globally acclaimed writers – admirers of each other’s work – meet on stage for the first time ever.
TBC pb


Friday 17th – Sunday 19th July
YA Literature Convention 
We had a blast at YALC last year, and this year we’ll be there with our very own Helena Coggan, 15-year-old author of The Catalyst.

Thursday 30th July, 6:30pm
Dark Societies presents an evening of survival
The Post-Apocalyptic Book Club and Waterstones Piccadilly present an evening of survival with Lewis Dartnell (The Knowledge: How To Rebuild The World From Scratch), Sarah Lotz (Day Four) and James Smythe (Way Down Dark). Join them as they explore the aftermath of a cataclysm and what it takes to survive and rebuild civilisation.




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